Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 101 - Discover SharePoint and Office 365 - What do you have in there?

Benjamin Niaulin - Sharegate

This one-day workshop aims to demystify the new SharePoint 2013 as well 2016 features. You often see and hear about them at a high-level overview but never in detail. This workshop will go through these but in detail using some real-world applications context when possible. This will be very helpful regardless if you have migrated, planning to or still evaluating the value it could bring.

If you're looking at Office 365, many of the features and use cases are relatively the same. We'll cover some of the new features available there as well to see if it makes sense for you to either go there or use it in a hybrid approach with your own On-Premises.

Here are some of the things that will be covered:

  • New and notable features in SharePoint
  • Figuring out how collaboration works now
  • Focus on using the new Search to drive content to the right people
  • How to do a migration
  • Comparison of features from different versions, including Office 365
  • How these features actually work and their limitations

As well as some insights into what's coming and how it will impact you and your organization.

A very valuable workshop whether you have experience with SharePoint in the past or starting new, see what you can do.

Level: ALL

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 102 - Accelerate SharePoint Success: How to Best Plan, Manage and Control Migration Projects

Dux Raymond Sy - AvePoint

In the last 15 years, Microsoft SharePoint has greatly shifted the paradigm in enterprise collaboration and information management. Organizations today continue to invest in this business enablement platform and many are in the process of upgrading and migrating to the next generation version of SharePoint on-premises, cloud and even hybrid environment.

In an AIIM study, lack of planning is a key contributor to SharePoint deployment failure. To deliver successful SharePoint migration projects, having an effective project management strategy is paramount. Executive support, proper planning, realist project team and appropriately managing expectations are crucial to ensure SharePoint migration success.

How can you ensure that your SharePoint upgrade and migration project is a success?

Join Dux Raymond Sy, SharePoint MVP, in this interactive workshop as he shares practical guidance on how to best plan, manage and control SharePoint migration projects.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Initiate executive excitement, promote organizational buy-in and foster sustainable adoption for your SharePoint migration project
  • Develop an effective and practical project management process for your SharePoint upgrade and migration project
  • Apply relevant strategies in mapping business needs to identify SharePoint features and capabilities in your new environment
  • Ensure your information architecture, infrastructure design and data governance strategy meets business needs
  • Identify necessary resources to plan, deploy, maintain and support your SharePoint implementation
  • Minimize uncertainty and risk by applying practical scope management techniques

The primary audience for this workshop are IT executives, project managers, analysts, consultants who wish to successfully plan, manage and control SharePoint upgrade and migration projects. This session applies to organizations upgrading and migrating to SharePoint 2013, Office 365 SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2016.

Participants will get presentation notes, checklists, and project templates.

Level: Experienced

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 103 - Information Architecture 101: How to Structure and Organize an Awesome Intranet with Amazing User Experiences

Susan Hanley - Susan Hanley, LLC
If your users can’t find what they need on your intranet, your information architecture (IA) probably needs some work! In this workshop, you will learn tips and best practices to improve “findability” and information organization and the basic concepts of information architecture. We will cover four critical aspects of a great IA: navigation/site architecture, best practices for organizing information on pages (page layout and content architecture), how to use content types and metadata to improve both browsing and searching, and how to think about search experiences as part of your IA. We’ll also talk about how to best leverage Hub Sites in Office 365 to create “families” of related content. You’ll take away lessons about the best place to focus your IA energy – so that you can build an intranet that is an essential part of your digital workplace today and as your business evolves over time.

Level: ALL

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 104 - Maximizing Office 365 Utilization

Mark Rackley & Stephanie Donahue - PAIT Group
Are you completely overwhelmed with the thought of diving into Office 365? Are you concerned you aren’t using it effectively? Do you need help wrapping your head around all the difference pieces?  The landscape of Office 365 is immense and ever changing. There are just so many pieces and parts. What do they all mean and when should I use them? In this full day workshop, Office 365 MVP’s Stephanie Donahue and Mark Rackley will give you an understanding of all the different pieces of Office 365 and how you can maximize their usage to get the greatest benefit for your investment. 
Just some of the topics to be covered in this demo-filled and interactive workshop are:
  • What are all these apps and what do they do and how do I administer them?
  • An introduction to deployment planning to make sure you start off on the right foot
  • Advice and real world stories to help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls 

Level: ALL

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 105 - SharePoint Automation Bootcamp

Scott Shearer - Haystax Technology
The tools used to automate processes in SharePoint are Flow and Designer 2013 Workflows.

This demo-rich session will prepare you to immediately begin creating powerful SharePoint 2013 Designer workflows - no experience required. We'll start out by exploring core workflow concepts and quickly progress by creating simple but very useful workflows along the way. The session will conclude by creating workflows that retrieve data from SharePoint web services.

Flow is the future of automation in SharePoint.  In this session, you’ll learn through practical examples how to quickly design, deploy, debug and share workflows.  You’ll see how to accomplish many of the tasks you now do with Designer Workflows with Flow.  In addition, you’ll see how to implement Flow to do tasks never possible with Designer Workflows.  

Level: Introductory

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 106 - SharePoint Online Development Options

Rob Windsor - PAIT Group
For the last few years innovation for SharePoint has been taking place exclusively in SharePoint Online.This innovation is happening at a very rapid pace; there seems to be something new or different every week or two. It can be tough for developers to keep up with these changes and understand the options they have when developing for SharePoint Online.
In this workshop we will explore these options, see how they apply to different problem sets, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Over the course of the day we’ll look client-side development with JavaScript, building add-ins with the SharePoint Add-In Model (a.k.a. App Model) and building client-side web parts with the SharePoint Framework.
Note: while this workshop focuses on development for SharePoint Online, much of the content also applies to development for the on-premises versions of SharePoint.

Level: Intermediate

Full Day Workshop 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 107 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Power BI (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Jason Himmelstein - Rackspace
John White - UnlimitedViz
Power BI is the gold standard for cloud based report delivery. It's very approachable - you can get up and running with it in minutes, but it's also very robust, secure and extensible. As you might expect, it has many pieces and nuances, and it's important to understand what is possible, even if you may not take immediate advantage of some features, in order to understand what to use when.

This tutorial will help to guide you in building a complete analytical solution, using all the features of Power BI. We will start from nothing, and create queries that import and integrate data from many different sources. You will also learn how to refresh data using the on-premises data gateway and the personal gateway to connect to existing on-premises data from a variety of sources. In addition, you will see an overview the many other additional features available in Power BI.

At the end of this workshop you will be ready to not only start using Power BI for your projects, but you will also understand which approach is best for different situations. Bring your questions, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Level: Intermediate


Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Monday

WS 201 - Congratulations, you are our new SharePoint Online Admin!

Vlad Catrinescu - Valo Intranet
You have managed SharePoint On-Premises for a while and got comfortable with it,  but now your company is moving to Office 365! Chances are, you will become the new SharePoint Online Admin!

In this half day workshop, we will look at how to administer SharePoint Online, as well as some other Office 365 services that are often administer by the SharePoint Online Admin such as Groups, Planner, Video and more! 
Level: Intermediate

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Monday

WS 202 - Getting Started with SharePoint Development

Ryan Schouten - ZAACT
SharePoint and Office365 have become the go to place to get information in most organizations. Are you prepared to create solutions that consume the data that is stored in these environments?
Come to this workshop to learn the information you need to get started creating applications that your organizations want. We will learn what tools are available to develop your applications. We will also cover how to best access the data that is stored in SharePoint and Office365.
Level: Introductory

Morning Workshop 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Monday

WS 203 - Office 365 Feature Explosion: What should you be using?

Paul Stork - Don't Pa..Panic Consulting
The pace of change in Office 365 continues to accelerate.  Over the last few years we've seen the introduction of a multitude of new features and offerings like Teams, Groups, PowerApps, Stream, and now Forms.  All these new icons in the Office 365 App Launcher provide both a promise and a challenge for organizations. 
Some of the new offerings appear to overlap or replace existing offerings and in some cases there are so many new icons available in the Office 365 App Launcher that many users are wondering which they should be using. 
In this workshop we will review each of the icons presented in the average App Launcher.  We'll demo the all but the most common apps, discuss the business case for their use, and explain the administrative controls available for controlling their usage. 
Here is the list of offerings that will be explored:
  • Yammer
  • Groups
  • Teams
  • Delve
  • Sway
  • Planner 
  • PowerApps/Flow
  • Stream
  • Video
  • Forms
  • Dynamics 365
Level: Intermediate

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 301 - Get Mobile with Azure NoSQL DB and Xamarin

Fabian Williams - Withum Digital
In this 1/2 day workshop we will begin with framing a discussion about the flexibility of having a Database this Schema Free [Schema Less] in the face of shifting priorities or adjusting to market demands through Azure Cognos DB (using DocumentDb Database API), we will then see the tooling that is available to us to use C# Skills through Xamarin.Forms to quickly and effectively create a real world (not the Todo Sample App :-) ) mobile application from ideation to fully fledged working apps for both Android and iOS.
This can be accomplished using the free community version of Visual Studio and I will provide the Azure Cosmos DB access.
Come prepared to get your hands dirty and leave empowered to create possibly your first Native mobile application.
Level: ALL

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 302 - SharePoint Framework Jump Start

Ryan Schouten - ZAACT
The future is here, the SharePoint Framework is the new way to create web parts in SharePoint. No longer do we need to be constantly adding content editor web parts to our pages to add our client side code. We will be discussing everything you need to know to started creating your own solutions using the SharePoint Framework. We’ll start by discussing the supporting tools that you will need and then move on to the architecture and structure of the projects. Since the SharePoint Framework takes advantage of TypeScript we will provide information on what it is and discuss the differences between TypeScript and JavaScript. By the end of this workshop we will create an application that you can then take and deploy to your SharePoint environment or use the Workbench to play with. We will also discuss the new SharePoint Framework extensions and how we take advantage of this new functionality in Office365.
Level: Intermediate

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday

WS 303 - Introduction to Building PowerApps for SharePoint Users

Wes Preston - TrecStone
PowerApps is a service for building and using custom business apps, forms, and flexible connections to data. It is Microsoft’s successor to InfoPath and brings modern forms capabilities to dozens of data services with O365 and SharePoint at the top of the list. PowerApps also address business’ demand for mobile apps by creating solutions that work on a variety of devices.
Come and learn what SharePoint users need to know about PowerApps. See how PowerApps can replace customizations previously done in SharePoint Designer by power-users or with JS Link or other client-side customizations by Developers. Walk through a variety of scenarios where PowerApps extends or integrates with SharePoint. While PowerApps can interact with the newest on-prem environments, we’ll be focusing on SharePoint Online and O365.
  • Replace existing SharePoint forms with embedded PowerApps forms
  • Connect PowerApps to SharePoint list data
  • Create PowerApps from SharePoint data
  • Configure PowerApps by changing formatting, adding conditional formatting, adding validation, using rules, and extending the user experience with what SharePoint out of the box has to offer
  • Explore PowerApps capabilities and options
  • Discuss business solutions and approaches using PowerApps and SharePoint

Note: PowerApps integrates directly with SharePoint Online and can also be used with on-premises SharePoint 2013 and 2016 with gateways installed.

Level: Intermediate